Essex - Paranormal Database Records

Elsa, Weeping with Hands to her Face

Location: Dedham - The Sun Hotel, High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: Elsa once worked at the Sun Hotel, but was killed after being accused of witchcraft (one of the last such executions in Essex). Her form has been seen crying in various parts of the building, and has also been heard walking the corridors. Two witnesses reported watching Elsa just outside the pub in 2002, carrying a bundle and dressed in a black cape.

Silent Late Night Party

Location: Dengie Peninsula - An old farmhouse at Courts End
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter, mid twentieth century
Further Comments: While waiting for some friends, a man noticed a party occurring in a nearby farmhouse, the guests apparently dressed as Victorians. A fiddler stood in one corner, playing, but no sound could be heard. When the man knocked on the door, the scene vanished.

Everything in the Playground that Could Move Moved

Location: Dovercourt - Adventure playground
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s, Night
Further Comments: While taking a shortcut home, two witnesses passed an adventure playground which became fully animate. The Dovercourt area is said to be haunted by a French POW, from around the time of Napoleon, who drowned while building a jetty.


Location: Dovercourt - Beach
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Several dates, circa 2015
Further Comments: A resident living close to the beach reported hearing a particular tune being whistled on the beach in the early hours of the morning, although nobody would ever been seen.

Talking Cross

Location: Dovercourt - Dovercourt church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This church once contained a cross that spoke - it is reported that often it was impossible to enter the building as so many people flocked to the cross to listen.


Location: Dovercourt - Private residence, Manor Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009
Further Comments: A local news outlet reported that the Hampton family's home was haunted, possibly by a monk which was seen in the back garden. Footsteps and other sounds were also heard on the property.


Location: Dunmow - Duton Hill
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: A husband and his daughter spotted a panther-like cat while out walking.


Location: Dunmow - High Street, one of the seventeenth century houses
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: One of the owners of the house was subjected to poltergeist activity as soon as she moved in - a brush that she was looking for was passed to her by an unknown force. Footsteps have also been heard in empty rooms in the house.

Great Worm

Location: East Horndon - East Horndon churchyard
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This dragon was discovered hiding amongst the tombs of the churchyard; it was finally slain by Sir James Tyrell. Some reports say the dragon actually lived in the nearby woods.

Caged Witch?

Location: East Mersea - Churchyard, grave of Sarah Wrench, covered by cage, on the north side
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 1848 onwards
Further Comments: One story says that the grave of Sarah Wrench, an alleged witch, was covered with a metal cage by the locals to keep her from returning from the dead. The truth is more likely that the cage was put in place to protect Sarah's body from grave robbers. The grave and cage still remain at the rear of the church. (Photograph by Garry Christmas)

ABC Footprints

Location: East Mersea - Sea wall near Cooper's beach holiday park
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: In excess of seventeen ABC footprints were found here, each 6 inches across with extended claws. Baring in mind that cats do not walk with their claws extended, this could well be either a mistake or a fake.


Location: East Tilbury - Coalhouse Fort
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: Haunted by a woman only known as Beth, this shade has also been heard giggling by one investigative team.

Three Monks

Location: East Tilbury - World's End Fen, along busy road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The trio of monks have been seen crossing the road, only to disappear into fog that hangs around nearby field. A monastery is believed to have once stood somewhere in this area.

Murdered Girl

Location: Elsenham - Churchill's Funeral Train
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The train which carried the body of Winston Churchill is haunted not by the man himself, but by a girl who was murdered in the vehicle.

Doppelganger of Mother

Location: Epping - Exact location not known
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: 1967 / 1969
Further Comments: Twice a woman in white has appeared, witnesses mistaking the figure for Mrs Punter (the owner of the house), though she has been in other places at the time.

Murdered Girl

Location: Epping - Forest Pond/Willow Tree
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1600s onwards
Further Comments: A story dating back to at least the 1600's, a young couple secretly met at the sight, their love hidden from the girl's father. When the father found out, he killed his daughter, but her ghost still turned up at the meeting point the following day.

Backwards Gravity

Location: Epping - Hill
Type: Other
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: It is said that releasing your car hand brake at the bottom of the hill will result in you rolling to the top, stopping at the site of an old gallows.


Location: Epping - Monk Wood - near Main Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Once the monks of Waltham Abbey were commonplace in the woods; now only the odd hooded ghost is seen, walking between the trees.


Location: Epping - Suicide Pool, Epping Forest
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: This small body of water was once renown for the number of suicides and murders it attracted. While spending a night at the pool, Elliot O'Donnell watched a ghostly murder take place, with the body finally being thrown into the pool.

Suicide Girl

Location: Epping - Waltham Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: Committing suicide to escape the unwanted attentions of a man of the cloth, the girl has returned, and is blamed for the sinister atmosphere in the place. Plainchant has also been heard and phantom lights seen in the building.


Location: Epping Forest - Hill Fort, Ambresbury Banks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Claimed by some to be her grave (and others, her final battlefield), Boadica has been reported loitering in the area.

John Hardman, Bleeding

Location: Feering - Feering Church, wall near pulpit
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1890s
Further Comments: Seen frequently during the 19th century, John Hardman was killed during the Zulu War, and buried at Feering church. John's bloody ghost was seen often, his hands trying to cover a stomach wound.

Old Lady Staring Out of Window

Location: Finchingfield - Pump House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: More of a local legend than a haunting, the pump house is rumoured to be haunted by an unknown old lady, who watches out of one of the building's windows.

Woman in White

Location: Fingringhoe - Abberton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2009, 02:00h
Further Comments: A motorcyclist and their passenger watched a distressed woman in white stumble across the road while holding a blanket over her head. The figure disappeared into a hedgerow as the witnesses approached her.

Jangling Chains

Location: Fobbing - Vineyards near the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Chains and other weird sounds have been reported here.

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